Little Sal | Allagash Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Few things are more synonymous with Maine than blueberries. After we spent years making fruit beers, a tiny farm in Windham, Maine asked us to try a beer with their blueberries. We were so happy with the result, we decided to use their entire crop.
We add two pounds of blueberries per gallon to sour red beer and age it for six months in a red wine barrel. The resulting beer is dark violet in color, with earthy aromas of blueberry and oak, and juicy, tart flavors of blueberry.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 05-05-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,716
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
97
pDev:
9.13%
 
 
Wants:
79
Gots:
17
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 97 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of brewandbbq
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle from January 2018.

Pours hazy purple-red with a short-lived head of light pink. Zero retention or lacing. Light blueberry in the nose with a hint of vineous wine. Medium bodied with a crisp, almost sparkling mouthfeel. More grape-like than blueberry on the palate with a clean acidity and light sourness. Finishes with some lingering blueberry, grape, and a hint of wine.

Tasty enough but needs more blueberry and funk.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml C&C bottle; bottled January 18th, 2018.

poured into a pair of Allagash Glasses because proper glass...

Appearance: Deep purple body with white head that has a purple hue. Head pours 3 fingers tall and seems to last as a cap onto the beer the entire drink.

Smell: Red wine, oak, jammy blueberries, & Allagash signature "house" funk.

Taste: Light to moderate tartness; 4/10 tart level. Balanced flavors in this sour; the red wine is prominent when the beer is at fridge temperature, but when this beer warms up the blueberry sweetness is the dominant flavor. Nice red wine and oak notes. Jammy and authentic blueberry flavor. Light funk notes that are all about the Allagash house funk / character.

Mouthfeel: light body with moderate carbonation. Crisp, clean, and slightly dry. Very drinkable for a wild ale in the best possible way. Allagash really knows how to craft spontaneous fermentation wild beers with world class mouthfeel.

Overall: Little Sal is top tier in Allagash's 375ml fruited beer portfolio! I think that Farm to Face and Pick your Own are just a little better, but not by much; both beers are more intense & sour than Little Sal. The balance and less sour approach of Little Sal is also something to be appreciated about this beer. The red wine notes with blueberries also make this very unique. Its something I can really appreciate about this spontaneous fermentation fruited wild. Also, Blueberries are a hard fruit to dial in with a wild fruit beer. They usually come across as very watery in most wild beers that I have tried from other breweries. Little Sal give a legit and authentic blueberry flavor! Allagash continues to impress me and they can do it without being surrounded with all the hype. World class brewery just doing what they do best.

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4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bobv
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Jan. 20, 2016.
Vigorous pour yields a fleeting 1/2 inch light pink head over a purple body. Head is gone in seconds with no lacing. Nose of blueberries, slight red wine barrel, and ever so slight funk. Wonderful taste of blueberries with a sweet and tart finish when the red wine tannins appear. The fruit sweetness hangs around at the end also for a perfectly balanced experience. Amazing! Nice feel and overall a fantastic blueberry sour. Damn, what a beer! Cheers to Allagash for this beauty!

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml corked and caged bottle poured into willybecher glass.

A: Beautiful red purple body with what looks like huge carbonation. The Head wasn’t big but it had a nice red hue.

S: Lots of blueberries, and a little strawberry, get a light bit of Belgian yeast smell and Some vinegar. The oak from the wine and the grapes come out nicely.

T: Lots of the nose follows into the taste. Has a nice light puckering not super sour but very nice lots of blueberry.

M: Slightly tart nice carbonation dry finish.

O: Another amazing beer from Allagash, I love blueberries and this is exactly what you want a blueberry sour to taste like.

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4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Interesting beer. Darker brown-purple body, one finger white head. Interesting smell and flavour, took me a little bit to get warmed up to it. Slightly plasticky at the beginning while cold, a bit of leather and citrus, funk, light oak. The blueberry sweetness starts to pop out a bit more as it warms and that plastic-like character fades away. So definitely wait to drink this one at least at cellar temperature, rather than chilled. Mouthfeel is lighter medium bodied, slightly plasticky finish that gives way to a bit of sweet fruit on the finish accompanied by a mild-moderate acetic acidity.

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Photo of Budlum
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Nosh

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4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Vicirus
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tukiluka
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

In my teku the beer is a pretty light purple color and it has no head.
Nice aroma of blueberries, oak, and vanilla.
Sweet and tart blueberry taste. Very earthy and funky.
I can't say enough about how much I enjoyed this beer. The blueberries and the sense of earthiness worked beautifully with each other.

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Photo of mltobin
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jhfinn
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fthegiants
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 7irondave
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kojevergas
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-draught @ One Mile House.

B+ (3.88) / VERY GOOD

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4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jacob17
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Little Sal from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 97 ratings